Mission & Vision
Inspiring Innovation & Discovery
At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge. In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation and excellence. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society.
To achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence.
Since 1995, McMaster development has been guided by the Directions planning documents. Directions was a broad planning exercise to define the University's priorities and focus.
In the Fall of 2002, McMaster began Refining Directions, a process to evaluate how McMaster had met the goals in the initial planning documents, and, more importantly, to construct a framework that would guide the University’s course for the next five to 10 years.
McMaster’s mission and vision statements, set out in Directions I, remain the reference points in all of the University's planning.
The statements position McMaster as a student-centered, research-intensive university. There is a clear purpose: the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge. This purpose is advanced through inspiring and supporting a passion for learning, appropriately so for learning is at the centre of everything we do. There is a commitment to excellence, and to integrity and teamwork.
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